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Weekly Scripture Verse:

Once again, here are the verses of scripture for this week for your inspiration and encouragement.  Our verses this week come from the Book of Psalms. (Psalm 27:7) They are from the CTS New Catholic Bible.

“The LORD is my strength and my shield: in him my heart trusts.  I was helped, my heart rejoices and I praise him with my song.”

Welcome to Tuesday’s Spiritual Lift.  May the Lord bless and guide you in all you do today. 

Today we honour the Holy Cross of Jesus.   

The Cross is central to our faith as Christians.  The Cross is found in every Christian Church and Chapel.   The Crucifix, a Cross with the image of the Body of Jesus upon it is found in every Catholic Church and in many Catholic homes.  We pray the Stations of the Cross every Lent and every Friday as we remember Jesus’ sufferings and Death.   

We make the sign of the Cross before we begin our day as we wake up and end our day before we go to sleep; before we pray, before we eat and after we eat.  It reminds us of the Blessed Trinity of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  It reminds us that Jesus came down from Heaven from the Father to the earth to die on the cross to rise again and to give us the gift of the Holy Spirit when He ascended bodily back into Heaven. It reminds us of the Cross on which Jesus died for our redemption.  It reminds us that God loves us deeply and cares for us so gently.   

Let us pause and remember Jesus and His wonderful love and say thank you to Him next time we see a Cross, Crucifix or when we make the Sign of the Cross over ourselves.   Here are the words of Jesus which talks about His sufferings and death for us. 

…..and the Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in Him. Yes, God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not be lost but may have eternal life.” John 3:13-17 

This is the response we say before praying each of the Stations of the Cross. Let’s make this our part of our prayers for today. 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. 

The Catholic Week:

Did you know that each day of the week has a special meaning attached to it and a special theme for prayer?

On Tuesdays we honour the Holy Face of Jesus – especially as it appeared during His sorrowful Passion.  Jesus is the human face of the Father and reflects Him and His heart of merciful love perfectly.  Let us honour Our Lord in His love and devotion to us today.  Here is some more information about this from fisheaters.com.

The Catholic Day, Week and Month (fisheaters.com)

Our prayers for the day as we ponder these themes:

From the Book of Psalms:

‘ “What can bring us happiness?” many say.

Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.” ‘ Psalm 4:7 CTS BIBLE

From the Book of Numbers in the Old Testament Scriptures:

“May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26 CTS BIBLE

September is traditionally dedicated to The Holy Cross of Jesus, Our Lady of Sorrows and Care of the earth and creation.   

During this month, we see the Liturgical colour -Green -on our prayer tables/spaces and shelves in our classrooms and around school.  We reflect upon God’s goodness to us in creation and especially as we gather in the Harvest, and we thank God for the many blessings we receive day by day from Him.  

Prayer and Reflection for Creation:

From 1st September until 4th October (The Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) this special season of prayer, reflection and thanksgiving for creation will continue. 

Pope Francis encourages us to treat the earth, each other and our planet home with the greatest respect and do all we can to protect and preserve them in his 2nd Encyclical Letter, ‘Laudato Si’ published in 2015, with the subtitle, “On care for our common home.”  If you can, find a copy of this wonderful book and read it slowly and prayerfully. 

During September, we honour the Holy Cross of Jesus.  We give thanks for the love of God which was shown so clearly in the gift of Jesus Christ His Son, our Lord, through His Life, Death and Resurrection.  We also honour Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows which she experienced throughout her lifetime. We will honour the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows tomorrow,  Wednesday, 15th September.

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions – September:

Here is the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for the month of September.

Pope’s prayer intention – September 2021 – Missio

Our MAC Prayer: 

Our Lady of the Magnificat, Mary the Mother of Jesus, pray for us.  Amen.

We are now in Ordinary Time- Autumn:

The special colour is green, and this reminds us of the beauty of the earth and the gathering in of the harvest and giving thanks to God for all His many blessings and gifts to us.

Cycle of Prayer – Liturgy Office:

As we are now in Ordinary Time – Autumn, here is the link to the fantastic information from the Liturgy Office.

Cycle of Prayer | Ordinary Time: Autumn (liturgyoffice.org.uk)

Cycle of Prayer | Ordinary Time: Autumn – Liturgy Office

The Harvest, the Fruits of Human Work, and the Reverent Use of Creation. especially on World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation (1 September) and on last Sunday in September or whenever Harvest Festivals are held.

www.liturgyoffice.org.uk

The Year of Saint Joseph continues!

Here is the information from the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales with more details about the Year of Saint Joseph.

Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales (cbcew.org.uk)

Here are some special prayers we can say during the Year of Saint Joseph.  These are from www.ourcatholicprayers.com

Prayers to St. Joseph: To the Most Loving of Fathers (ourcatholicprayers.com)

Saint Joseph, pray for us! Amen.

Our daily scripture reading today comes from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. (Phil 2:6-9) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.

“His state was divine, yet he (Jesus) did not cling to his equality with God but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave, and became as all men are; and being as all men are, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross.  But God raised him high and give him the name which is above all other names.”

Our prayers for today: 

Today, I will be keeping a special prayer candle burning for you and will remember you and your prayer intentions before the Lord.

Let us ask…..

Our Lady of the Magnificat, pray for us.  Amen. 

Our Lady of Consolation, pray for us.  Amen.

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.  Amen.

Mary the Mother of Jesus, Mother of the Church, pray for us.  Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Patron of our Archdiocese, Health of the Sick and Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us. Amen.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Beauty of Carmel, pray for us.  Amen.

St Joseph, pray for us.  Amen. 

St Luke, Beloved Physician (Doctor) and companion of St Paul the Apostle, Patron of Doctors and Healthcare professionals, pray for us. Amen.

St Jude Thaddeus, Patron of impossible or difficult circumstances, pray for us.  Amen.

St Raphael, Archangel, God’s healing Angel, pray for us.  Amen.

St Catherine of Siena, Patron of Nurses, pray for us.  Amen.

St Camillus of Lellis, Patron of the Sick, pray for us. Amen.

St Sebastian, patron of the sick and plagues of disease, pray for us.  Amen. 

St John Henry Newman, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessed Dominic Barberi, pray for us.  Amen. 

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

 

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